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Book Review: One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

The sequel to a popular YA murder mystery.

374 pages


Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.


Rating: 1 out of 5.

Like Earthseed, I read One of Us is Next a while ago, but I think I can recall enough to complain about.

The one good thing is that it’s as well-written as the first book. The author kept a fast-paced, suspenseful tone.

Murder mysteries where everything is wrapped up nicely by the end don’t need sequels. If anything, this book made the immensely popular One of Us is Lying worse. It ruined the duology. What are the chances that there would be another murder, another mystery for teens to solve, and another successful secret online persona at the same high school?

For its unrealistic similarity, it didn’t even keep the same format. Rather than a team of four characters alternating perspectives, there were only three. Maybe I’m being nitpicky, but it felt off—as if the author tried to make it a little different than the first book.

Although I need to get better at suspending my disbelief, the plot was silly. Who would waste their time putting together an elaborate truth-or-dare “game” to get revenge? High schoolers have other things to worry about.

I knew who was in on it from the prologue. When an anonymous user complained online about how someone did something terrible to them and got away with it, and we learn that Phoebe’s dad was killed by a Bayview student, it’s obviously either her older sister Emma or her younger brother Owen.

Unsurprisingly, it’s both. At least we think. The book randomly cuts off with no real explanation.

I just hope this doesn’t mean a third one’s coming.

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A teenager obsessed with words of all kinds. When I’m not reading or writing, I like drawing, musical theatre, and D&D.

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